World’s Fastest Creature May Also be One of the Smallest

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With support from the National Science Foundation, Georgia Tech researchers are studying Spirostomum ambiguum, a tiny single-celled protozoan that achieves blazing-fast acceleration while contracting its worm-like body. (Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech)

Saad Bhamla, an assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is shown with microscopy equipment used to study Spirostomum ambiguum, a single-celled protozoan that achieves blazing-fast acceleration while contracting its worm-like body. (Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech)

What is the fastest animal on the planet? Cheetah? Falcon? Sailfish? Georgia Tech assistant professor Saad Bhamla would like to add the Spirostomum ambiguum to the list. Spirostomum is a tiny single-celled protozoan that achieves blazing-fast acceleration while contracting its worm-like body.